Chatting at the General Sutter
Chatting at the General Sutter is our Monday Night Conversation Cafe. Our goal is to foster dialogue around food, fellowship and interesting topics. We are using a new curriculum called The Wired Word which publishes new material based on events that have been recently featured in the news. We encourage you to come out and join us. Chatting at the General Sutter is a chance for people of all backgrounds to feel comfortable discussing a variety of issues where life and faith intersect—including hot-button issues like relationships, immigration, gun control, forgiveness, anger, loss, etc. We don't all have to agree—before or after the conversation. Sometimes we may feel like we are the square peg fitting in a round hole. However, varied opinions are always valued when we gather for Chatting at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz on Monday nights @7pm. You don't have to come alone either—you are invited to bring friends out to join you for dinner and a discussion.
You can feel free to buy appetizers, meals or drinks during the conversation. After the official session ends you are welcome to stick around and continue hanging out with the new folks you met. We invite you to come enjoy a comfortable, safe place for discussion. This is a place to meet up with old friends and make new ones, to share your thoughts about compelling topics and hear the thoughts of others, and to discover ways to serve your community and your world. Sound good? Then join us for Chatting at the General Sutter.
If you would like to talk more during the week, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the folks listed below who are helping to facilitate this discussion group. You can also contact us if you are looking for a faith community to plug into.
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from 7-8pm at the General Sutter Inn, Lititz, PA
Monday, November 4: College Admissions Scandal
Later this month, actress Felicity Huffman is to present herself to serve a 14-day prison sentence for her part in the college admissions scandal, to which she pleaded guilty in May and for which she was sentenced in September. Her case, and that of a divorced mother from Akron, which the prosecutor at Huffman's sentencing mentioned, give us an opportunity to think about how often unfairness is a part of life and to seek some biblical perspective on it.
Monday, November 11: Spiritual But Not Religious
Our topic in this lesson is general spirituality -- that which people who view themselves as "spiritual but not religious" might embrace -- and how it differs from the spirituality to which Christ calls us. This topic was suggested to us by news of the recent death of Robert Hunter, who was the lyricist for the Grateful Dead rock band. Many people find his lyrics to have spiritual overtones, and for some, Hunter serves as a voice for nonreligious spirituality. His passing provides an opportunity for us to consider that topic.
Monday, November 18: Secrets to a Long Lasting Marriage!
We learned last week that Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have just become the longest-married presidential couple. That makes this a good time to think about what gives some relationships great staying power.
Monday, November 25: What Type of Thinking Leads to Terrorism?
The death of the leader of ISIS this past week has been big news. It gives us a chance to think about the mindset of people who engage in murderous terrorism, and even to think about how such straight-line thinking hinders healthy faith.
Monday, December 2: Woman's Story of Texting Dead 'Father' and Getting Reply Goes Viral
We recently heard the story of the woman who for four years had been texting her deceased "father." For this week's topic we will consider how God sometimes works through ordinary means.
Monday, December 9: Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Highlights Work of Diplomacy
More than 100,000 Germans and visitors from across the globe gathered at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate last Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A giant rainbow-colored banner by American artist Patrick Shearn filled the sky overhead with streamers marked with 30,000 messages from the public about their memories, hopes and dreams.
Monday, December 16: Will Ohio Bill Permit Students to Be Wrong in Science Class for Religious Reasons?
Does a bill passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on November 13 permit students to give wrong answers on tests and assignments without penalty if those answers are based on religion? That's a question some observers have raised regarding the "Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019" (HB 164) after it cleared the Ohio House on 61-31 vote. Reportedly, if it becomes law, the bill would establish additional protections for religious expression in educational settings, including classroom and homework assignments, student artwork and time for private prayer. Where do you see the balance between a pluralistic civil education and religious freedom?
Monday, December 23: No Session
We wish you a Merry Christmas!!
Monday, December 30: No Session
We hope you have a very joyful start to your New Year!
Monday, January 6: Won't you be my neighbor?
Tonight we will be chatting about neighborliness. We will look at the legacy of Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street and what it would mean to leave with that kind of neighborly character.
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